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Molluscum contagiosum Introduction

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection, particularly among kids, which looks like little, pearl shaped, brownish white eruptions.

Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious disease which means people can get molluscum by sharing towels and clothing. Wrestlers and gymnasts may get it from touching infected mats. Skin-to-skin contact also spreads the virus.

Most commonly a cluster of bumps appear or 10 to 20 bumps appear spreaded all over the body which are pink or flesh-colored.

Bumps of molluscum have following appearance:
    It usually begins as small, firm, dome-shaped growth and have a smooth or waxy surface.
    Bumps are most commonly flesh-colored or pink.
    Characteristic feature of bumps is that they have a dimple in the center. The dimple may be filled with a thick, white substance that is cheesy or waxy.
    Thsese bumps are painless but may be itchy.

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